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Statement as of 2:49 PM CST on December 19, 2014

...Christmas and new years Holiday weather in the 21st century...

Southeast Texas has experienced warm and cold Christmas and new years holidays in the 21st century. Of note was the cold and snowy Christmas eve and day in 2004. Even though the two holidays fall just after the start of winter...temperatures have varied widely from year-to-year and have ranged from balmy 70-degree weather to near and below freezing conditions.

The only snowfall which fell on the 24th or 25th of December at the major climate sites occurred in 2004. As a matter of fact... this is the only Christmas eve and day snow ever recorded at any of the four first-order sites. Snowfall totals are given in The Table below.

24 Dec 2004 25 Dec 2004 site snowfall snowfall

City of Houston trace 0.0 College Station 0.0 0.0 hobby Airport trace 0.0 Galveston 3.1 0.9

The following tables list the high and low temperature along with rainfall for each Christmas eve...Christmas day...and New Years Day for the period since 2001. The rainfall for December 24th and 25th of 2004 is the water equivalent of the snowfall for those days. The data are listed for each of the four first-order climate sites located within the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service area of responsibility. For a comparison...the average high and low temperatures and the average rainfall for the 13/14-year period at each site is then listed at the end of The Table. Note that the data collected for city of Houston is from Intercontinental Airport...College Station is from Easterwood Field...and Galveston is from Scholes Field.

Annual Christmas eve climate data for 2001 to 2013

Houston College stn hobby Arpt Galveston year high low rain high low rain high low rain high low rain

2001 54 34 0.00 54 45 0.00 54 38 0.00 54 44 0.00 2002 51 38 0.01 45 49 trace 54 40 0.00 57 42 0.00 2003 60 34 0.00 61 33 0.00 61 36 0.00 58 43 0.00 2004 37 31 0.02 36 42 0.00 39 30 0.01 38 33 0.24 2005 71 54 0.00 71 48 0.00 71 55 0.00 72 53 0.00 2006 50 47 0.70 49 51 1.31 51 47 0.65 54 48 0.74 2007 61 33 0.00 61 41 0.00 61 38 0.00 60 47 0.00 2008 72 59 0.11 74 45 0.03 75 60 0.12 74* 60* 0.34* 2009 72 37 0.15 67 45 0.05 71 37 0.73 67 39 0.31 2010 67 46 1.03 70 73 0.66 70 49 1.11 66 51 0.97 2011 51 43 0.79 48 48 0.85 52 45 0.65 54 47 0.88 2012 75 58 trace 67 41 0.00 77 61 trace 76 63 0.01 2013 56 31 0.00 57 28 0.00 55 33 0.00 53 40 0.00

Ave 59.8 41.9 0.23 58.5 45.3 0.24 60.8 43.8 0.27 60.2 45.8 0.26 normal 63 43 0.11 61 41 0.11 63 46 0.13 63 49 0.12

Christmas day climate data for 2001 to 2012 year

Houston College stn hobby Arpt Galveston year high low rain high low rain high low rain high low rain

2001 54 33 0.00 53 41 0.00 55 38 0.00 53 43 trace 2002 50 32 0.00 47 46 0.00 50 35 0.00 50 40 0.00 2003 61 43 0.00 62 33 trace 60 45 trace 62 50 0.03 2004 49 32 trace 48 37 0.00 50 32 trace 43 32 trace 2005 69 44 0.00 69 56 0.00 69 45 0.00 69 48 0.00 2006 53 39 0.00 53 52 0.02 53 42 0.04 53 44 trace 2007 62 33 0.02 63 39 0.00 62 39 0.00 61 44 0.00 2008 74 60 0.00 71 36 0.00 77 61 0.00 84* 64* 0.01* 2009 49 32 0.00 47 40 0.00 50 33 0.00 48 34 0.00 2010 46 37 trace 45 45 0.00 49 39 0.01 50 39 trace 2011 48 42 0.00 46 50 0.01 49 45 trace 52 48 0.01 2012 77 36 0.00 72 44 0.02 79 36 0.25 75 38 0.16

Ave 57.7 38.3 trace 56.1 43.8 trace 58.7 40.7 0.03 56.3 42.4 0.03 normal 63 43 0.12 61 41 0.10 63 46 0.13 63 49 0.11

temperature and rainfall data for New Years Day

Houston College Station hobby Arpt Galveston year hi lo rain hi lo rain hi lo rain hi lo rain

2001 36 32 0.19 34 30 0.00 39 34 0.04 39 35 0.03 2002 45 37 trace 46 31 trace 44 38 0.02 44 40 trace 2003 71 37 0.00 69 36 0.00 72 38 0.00 65 42 0.00 2004 73 59 0.02 74 60 trace 76 59 trace 67 61 0.00 2005 75 62 trace 73 64 0.00 77 63 trace 72 61 0.01 2006 81 65 0.00 81 62 0.00 82 65 0.00 73 61 0.00 2007 58 39 0.00 53 35 0.00 59 40 0.00 57 47 0.00 2008 57 39 0.00 55 35 0.00 58 44 0.00 57 46 0.00 2009 65 39 0.00 65 38 0.00 68 43 0.00 68 49 0.00 2010 56 38 0.00 55 33 0.00 56 41 0.00 53 44 0.00 2011 64 43 0.00 62 38 0.00 66 47 0.00 62 50 0.00 2012 72 49 trace 65 45 0.00 71 51 trace 69 56 0.04 2013 67 46 0.13 56 43 0.40 69 47 0.04 69 48 4.01 2014 65 46 trace 62 38 trace 66 47 0.01 61 50 0.01

Ave 63.2 45.1 0.03 60.7 42.0 0.04 64.5 46.9 0.01 61.1 49.3 0.32 normal 63 43 0.10 60 41 0.10 63 45 0.11 62 49 0.11

* note...the 2008 data for Galveston is from the US Coast Guard Station. The Airport observing equipment was destroyed during Hurricane Ike in September and had not been repaired as of the end of December.

Notice the very warm temperatures which occurred on New Years Day for the four-year period from 2003 to 2006. This was preceded by a very cool two-year period that started out the century. The following table gives the average high and low temperature for three different periods...2001 and 2002...2003 to 2006...and 2007 to 2013. For comparison...the average temperature for the entire 13-year period is relisted.

Average temperature data for January 1st

Houston College stn hobby Galveston period high low high low high low high low

2001-2002 40.5 34.5 40.0 30.5 41.5 36.0 41.5 37.5 2003-2006 75.0 55.8 74.3 55.5 76.8 56.3 69.3 56.3 2007-2014 63.0 42.4 59.1 38.1 64.1 45.0 62.0 48.8 2001-2013 63.2 45.1 60.7 42.0 64.5 46.9 61.1 49.3